Earl Bales Park is named after Robert Earl Bales, a former Reeve (Mayor) of the Township of North York. This park is situated on lands once owned and farmed by his great-grandfather John Bales. In the early 1900's, after a century as a farm, the land was turned into the York Downs Golf and Country Club. You can still see a few of the old tees and greens as you wander through the park today.
Earl Bales Park is spread across 127 acres (51 hectares) and features a dogs off-leash area, playgrounds, a sensory garden, splash pad, outdoor amphitheatre, memorials, paved walking/cycling trails, picnic sites and fire pits.
The park has one of the two Ski & Snowboard Centres run by the City of Toronto. Recent upgrades to the ski chalet and an addition of a quad chair lift have made for a more enjoyable skiing and snowboarding experience on the hills.
The Earl Bales Community Centre offers a wide variety of programs for all ages.